Sean Phillips, our talented Junior Sous Chef from Blas Restaurant at Twr y Felin Hotel in St Davids, has once again made waves by securing a nomination in the Young Chef category for Wales at the prestigious World Young Chef Young Waiter Awards 2023. This accolade comes after Sean’s remarkable achievement as the runner-up in the same category during the previous year’s competition.

Marking his calendar for the 10th and 11th of September, Sean eagerly anticipates his participation in the upcoming competition. On these dates, he will demonstrate his culinary prowess by crafting and presenting an exceptional menu before the judges. His performance will pit him against fellow semi-finalists hailing from various regions of Wales.

Initiated in 1979, the World Young Chef Young Waiter Awards have consistently championed hospitality as a preferred career path. The competition’s doors are open without any entry fee, inviting aspiring chefs and waiters under the age of 26, boasting a minimum of three years’ experience in the hospitality sector, to showcase their skills. Sean’s journey commenced in 2016 when he joined the ranks of Blas as a Commis Chef, dedicating over two years to honing his craft. A period at Llys Meddyg enriched his professional growth before his triumphant return to Blas in 2020, assuming the role of a skilled Chef de Partie. Notably, his dedication and expertise led to a well-deserved promotion to the position of Junior Sous Chef.

Twr y Felin, a former windmill transformed into Wales’ premier contemporary art hotel, proudly houses the AA three-rosette Blas Restaurant. Under the visionary guidance of Head Chef Sammy Owen, Sean forms an integral part of the culinary team. Renowned for its avant-garde “art on a plate” culinary creations, the fine dining establishment consistently dazzles with its seasonal and locally inspired dishes.